Re: Mankins Totally Lost?
posted at 8/14/2010 1:00 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Mankins Totally Lost?
[QUOTE]OlderbutWiser The phrase " Older but Wiser " is a corruption of a term William Wordsworth used to end his poem, " The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner ," Which HAS been depicted INcorrectly throughout time: The ACTUAL phrase Wordsworth coined was/is " Older AND Wiser ." Big freakin' deal, right? Well...actually it is. Ya see William Wordsworth specifically used the terms "Older AND Wiser" together, on purpose. By saying "Older BUT Wiser", It presupposes THAT: O.k., You've gotten older, YET now- You've grown far wiser in the process. See, there's a "weighing" of the 2 terms when you place the "but" between them... HOWever, IF you happen to say "Older AND Wiser," It sorta leaves an almost hollow, or empty feeling: There is NO weighing of the terms using the "And" in between the two...It's like saying, "O.k., I HAVE Age & I HAVE Wisdom." It leaves the reader (or listener) OF that addage, somewhat lacking when all's said and done... AND guess what? THIS is PRECISELY what Wordsworth wanted it to do. SEE, William Wordsworth's poem was about a Groom taking a boat ride en route to his Wedding. The ship's Captain tells the bridegroom a long, tale about how the former ship-hands of the vessel they're on, STILL man their posts and do their duty as ghosts, WHICH they'll do through eternity. NOW, the actual boring-#ss story that the Captain tells the Groom, Don't mean jack-cr#p... What DOES matter, IS what the Groom's left with After HEARING the story... The Groom Is a Older AND Wiser person. Wordsworth was Ultimately 100% ANTI-Morality in this particular case here. Wordsworth was attempting to have and imbibe in his readers "A Suspension of their Disblief" so that the readers could "Imagine what could be" in the realm "Of the Ideal." In otherwords, You, I and EVERYone through each of our Individual experiences, takes with us, An ENTIRE set baggage of judgements, presumptions, pretensions, etc., EACH & EVERY time we see, hear or jump into any new experince (including, reading Wordsworth's poem here for the first time)... William Wordsworth, Ideally wanted each ALL of Us To leave these things (presumptions & judgements from any & all past experiences)- BY the wayside...To "Suspend our Disbelief" on the journey he was taking us on... Words, Tales, Stories, Phrases- WHATever...ANY things that make us the wonderfully (hopefully) MORAL creatures we are, CAN- also In a sense, DEsensitize us, by bringing all their weight (presumptions, etc.), WHICH can and WILL, kill the air of the imaginative, & the realm of "what could be" rather than the "weight" of what we singularly believe, Actually Is. ~ I, ahh- I just thought you should know this...
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